The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

2nd August, 2015


From the Parish Priest’s desk.

Dear Friend in Christ,

Please pray for the eternal repose of Fr Geoffrey Taylor, who passed away last Monday. A former Anglican clergyman, Fr Taylor was received into the Catholic Church some 25 years ago, and was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest. A dedicated and faithful pastor of souls, Fr Taylor’s wisdom and friendship were cherished by many, including several members of our own Parish. A public Requiem at St Aloysius’ for Fr Taylor’s repose will be announced in due course. His funeral Mass and burial were on Thursday just passed. RIP.

In just less than a fortnight we celebrate the great Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption, which remains a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia. The forthcoming feast should remind us of Our Lady’s unique role in God’s plan for the completion of His victory over Satan, sin and death. The Octave Day of the Assumption is the feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, devotion to which was requested by Our Lady Herself at Fatima. We should do our best to hasten the triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, and so bring about the reign of Christ the King, by renewing our devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God. Accordingly, I propose that we consecrate the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman (including each individual and family) to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. We will begin a Novena of preparation for this Consecration, on the Solemnity of the Assumption. I will provide more details in due course. I am also hoping that on Sunday, 16th August, we will be able to have a special presentation by one of our parishioners on a key aspect of Fatima that he has been studying. More details on this as well, next week.

Devotedly in Our Lord,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


Portiuncula Indulgence – today, Sunday 2nd August: on this day a plenary indulgence is granted, under the usual conditions, to the Faithful who devoutly visit a Church and recite the Our Father and Apostles’ Creed, and a prayer of your choice for the Pope’s intentions. See the back page for more details on this Indulgence.

Children’s catechesis: Saturdays from 10 am – Noon. This has now commenced. All children of school age are eligible to participate. We strongly encourage families to be involved in this programme if possible.

First Confession & First Holy Communion: Tit is anticipated that First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, 13th December, preceded by First Confession. The usual age for First Confession and Communion is seven. Those parents who wished their children to receive preparation for these Sacraments are asked to register via email to the Secretary, before the end of August.

Adult Catechesis resumes next Sunday, 9th August, from 12.15 – 1.00 pm. As a general rule, classes are held fortnightly. The basic text is the Compendium of the Catechism. All are welcome.

First Friday this Friday, 7th August – day of prayer and penance for the Synod: parishioners are encouraged to make the First Fridays between now and October, special days of prayer and penance for the second Synod on the Family. The 10 am Mass that day will be offered that this year’s Synod will defend and promote authentic Catholic teaching and discipline on marriage, the family, human sexuality, and the Sacraments.

The feast of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop)T falls this Saturday, 8th August.

Guild of St Clare: the Guild was established to bring together parishioners (and others) who are interested in the repair, design and manufacture of vestments and altar linens. We will be meeting again in the near future. Existing members of the Guild will be contacted, but new members are also welcome. Please contact Fr Tattersall for more information.

Latin course: interest is sought for a course in Latin to commence in spring, so that we might all participate more fully in the liturgy. The emphasis will be on ecclesiastical Latin and very user-friendly. The course will consist of seven one-hour classes on Saturday mornings. The teacher, Andrew Rutherford, has a strong classics background. He has taught English, philosophy and journalism at tertiary level. His versions of Horace’s odes will be published later this year by Giramondo Press. Please register your interest with the Secretary. More details will be provided soon.

There are still some In Memoriam cards available in the vestibule from the Solemn Requiem Mass for Alaister Lim on Saturday, 11th July.

Pastoral Council – Call for Nominations: the Parish Pastoral Council is comprised of the priests and nominated members of the Parish. Its role is to advise and assist the Parish Priest to promote the mission of the Church. The Council meets at least four times each year. There are five lay members of the Council nominated by members of the Parish (Category B) and up to five nominated by the Parish Priest (Category C). The term of the Category B members of the Council ends in July and accordingly under the Constitution of the Pastoral Council nominations are called for the vacant positions. Any person who is: (a) over the age of 18 years; and (b) a member of the Parish (i.e., a resident of the Archdiocese and whose name appears on the Parish Register of Members); and (c) who is approved by the Parish Priest,is eligible to be nominated. Outgoing members of the Council are able to stand for nomination. Nomination forms will be available in the vestibule from today. Completed nominations should be lodged with John Mardling, the Parish Secretary. The closing date for nominations is Monday 10th August at 5pm Those considering nomination are invited to speak either with Father Tattersall or with the Secretary of the Council, Peter Janssen, about the work of the Council and the duties of members of the Council. Peter Janssen, Secretary, Pastoral Council: Mob. 0414 963 282; Email

Copies of Andrew Huntley’s latest collection of poems continue to be available for purchase from the parish office, for $30. The collection is reviewed here:


More on the Portiuncula Indulgence…

St. Francis of Assisi repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

Because of the favours from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.

To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honouring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions. You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.

- from Fr John Zuhlsdorf’s blog, WDTPRS, 1st August, 2011.

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